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Mount Jefferson

Mount Jefferson State Natural Area is a park in Ashe County in the northwestern part of the state. Mount Jefferson lies between the north and south forks of the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. It was once a mighty mountain long ago, but millions of years of erosion have worn down the mountain. What remains are the erosion-resistant amphibolite and metagraywacke rocks that make up Mount Jefferson. The mountain has had several names throughout history, but was formally named Mount Jefferson in 1952 in honor of Thomas Jefferson and his father Peter who owned and surveyed the land in the 18th century. In the 1930s, interest in giving the mountain public access was generated. Initially, the Works Progress Administration constructed a short road leading to the summit. Efforts were made to create a state park, but the area was initially below the 400-acre minimum. In the 1950s, additional land was donated and Mount Jefferson joined the state park system in 1956.

  • Last visit to Mount Jefferson State Park: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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